Helen Housby has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) after being named in the New Year Honours list for 2024.
The 28-year-old shooter, who made her debut for the Vitality Roses in 2014, has been recognised for her services to netball.
Helen was named Player of the Tournament at the Netball World Cup 2023 as she helped England make history in reaching their first-ever final where they finished as runners-up to Australia.
It wasn’t the first time Helen had written her name into the history book and helped inspire the nation – her last-gasp winning goal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games saw England take the gold against favourites Australia in their own backyard and led to over 100,000 women starting to play netball in the UK.
Helen will be back in action for the Vitality Roses in January at the Vitality Netball Nations Cup against Australia, New Zealand and Uganda. Tickets are still available for both London (20 and 21 January) and Leeds (27 and 28 January) – buy yours here.
Jean Carol Davies, Chair and Coach at Saints Netball Club, has also been recognised in the New Year Honours, receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to netball and the community in Cornwall.
Huge congratulations to both Helen and Jean, and thank you for your fantastic ongoing contributions to our sport.